Aussie-isms - page 6
Ok, I'll start a thread too! :cool: In an effort to help our non -Aussies understand our lingo, I'll start a thread on our slang words and / or words that are parculiar, common, here in Aust. So... Read More
Mar 7, '08Quote from nyapaAh, the dangers of allnurses at work - MET calls mean abandoning the site mid-post!"bone"? You ARE tired.
"Dry as a dead dingo's donger" - extremely thirsty
I always thought "flat out like a lizard drinking" meant really busy, at top speed. The joys of slang!
"Useful as tits on a bull" - a waste of space
"Bangs like a dunny [toilet] door in a storm" - enjoys sex, a lot
"Full as a goog [egg]" - replete
"Scarce as rocking horse [excrement]" - rare
"Up at a sparrows fart" - arose very early
"Beaten by the ugly stick while swinging from the ugly tree" - not very attractive
"He wouldn't work in an iron lung" - lazy
"Couldn't organise a **** up in a brewery/orgy in a brothel"" - useless
I checked out a couple of online sites - I hadn't realised before that how many Aussie expressions are scatological and otherwise broadly physical!
Mar 8, '08OMG, things we say!
Question though - I recognise all of these. How many do we use in real life; are we starting to lose them?
I know language is a living thing, but it is sad to see that we are losing our own colourful individualism...
Mar 8, '08"Couldn't organise a **** up in a brewery/orgy in a brothel"" - useless
a polite variation on that would be
"Couldn't grow a choko vine round a country dunny" ie extremely incompetent, a choko vine (chayote or vegetable pear) grows extremely fast, and was usually grown on either wooden fences or over dunnies, and you ended up with far more of the flavourless buggers than you could ever cook in a lifetime. (choko's in white sauce anyone?)
Another word to add to the list, though not a slang term, is "fortnight" (used in the UK & Commonwealth countries) and means 2 weeks.
Mar 8, '08And then there are all the shortenings - smoko, billy-o, arvo, brekkie, footie, sickie...
Mar 11, '08Quote from talaxandraAnd then there are all the shortenings - smoko, billy-o, arvo, brekkie, footie, sickie...
Yeah, and don't forget .................. "quickie".
Mar 11, '08Quote from nyapaomg, things we say!
question though - i recognise all of these. how many do we use in real life; are we starting to lose them?
i know language is a living thing, but it is sad to see that we are losing our own colourful individualism...
well, i use them all the time! as often as possible. i'm determined that our unique aussie language not be lost!
it really p's me off seeing the erosion of our wonderful language in favour of what is becoming, more and more, the americanisation of our way of speaking and even .
i love america and my american mates, but this is australia!
take gaol for example. i've not seen gaol written this way in a long long time now. the media are spelling it the american way --- jail! :angryfire
heard the word "hood" used in an ad for a car the other day instead of "bonnet!" :angryfire
makes me sooooo annoyed and disgusted with the media and anyone
who dares to alter our uniqueness with words and language.
sadly, because we see less and less aussie or british, ( and we are more colsely related to and a product of britian and her language and traditions than any other country), shows on our tv in favour of predominately american shows, our young people are strongly influenced by what they see and hear on those shows.
also, the young, mistakenly, think it's "cool" to speak using the terminology they hear on those shows. not cool!
the irony of it all is; our american mates just love to hear us speak and they love our unique language!
even the brits are hooked on our exported tv soaps! god knows why, but they love "neigbours!" :d
i'm reading a book by di morrissey; "kimberley sun." i'm just loving it! the very australian-ness of it all! i've just completed her first in a series; "tears of the moon". absolutely loved that also. not only is the stories set in australia, she writes in true blue australian language.
no! not "blue" language! true blue! :d
yep, i love my sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, i love her far horizions, i love her jewel sea, but don't expect a language change from little old aussie me!Last edit by Grace Oz on Mar 11, '08
Mar 11, '08I so agree Grace.
My kids all ask for cookies now.
I just tell them that we don't have any cookies, but have biscuits if they want some......grrrr that is my pet hate
Mar 13, '08I get annoyed with howis taught these days too Grace. 'Program' for 'Programme', for example.
Jeez, I'm pedantic!!!
Jul 25, '12CRIKEY!
I'd forgotten about this thread!
It's like me - old! lol
Glad you found it, julianne, and have enjoyed reading it!
WELCOME to the world of OZ!
Jul 25, '12LOL, I just saw someone mention Woop Woop early on in this thread, and had to share that I have been in Oz for 2 1/2 years now, and about 6 months ago I finally asked my partner where Woop Woop was :P lol I thought that whole time that it was a real place! hahaha
Jul 26, '12Gawd, strike me up a wattle tree, Grace. I am an Orstrylyan and cannot undercustumble some of these sayings.